I have a feeling this won’t be my last Pride celebration this year. I’m going to be in Vancouver for their Pride festivities on August 3, I land in Sydney, Australia on the eve of Gay Mardis Gras in February, and I won’t be too far from Phuket, Thailand when they celebrate Pride in April.
But could any Pride celebration possibly compare to my last Sunday in Toronto? My friend Patrick secured a window seat at not one, not two, but three Church Street establishments throughout the day. These are bars and cafes with limited seating at the best of time, let alone on a day when several hundred thousand revelers are jamming the street. It’s probably the biggest gathering of people in the world today with the possible exception of a soccer stadium in Brazil, and Patrick scored front-row centre seats three times! Nobody really knows how he functions with those horseshoes permanently lodged up his butt.
From our prime vantage spot we watched waves of people pass by while sipping cool beverages in the 30C weather. It was bright and sunny for most of the day but in the late afternoon it clouded over and rained heavily for about 20 minutes. Much to the delight of the massive crowd, the rain stopped as quickly as it had started and a rainbow formed overhead. Young and old, gay and straight, locals and tourists – everyone stared in awe at the utterly fabulous conclusion to World Pride!
Photo: Carlos Pacheco